The Only Peeler You Need for Winter Squash

updated May 1, 2019
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So far this year, I’ve been cooking with more winter squash than I ever have before. (Honestly, I blame two small kids who love orange vegetables and will happily gobble up squashes of every kind roasted, puréed, or folded into soup.)

Frozen butternut squash has always been a staple in our house, but whole squashes are cheaper per pound right now and have the added benefit of giving us their seeds for snacking. More than a cleaver, one tool has made the arduous task of breaking down hard winter squash even easier: one of my favorite peelers. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

A Serrated Peeler Is Best for Hard Winter Squash

A serrated peeler has tiny, shark-sharp teeth that grip the tough skin of winter squash easily. Personally, I’m partial to the Victorinox Swiss Army Peeler in particular because it has a super-sharp blade and thin, compact body that makes getting it in between the ridges of an acorn squash easy.

I’ve also used an OXO serrated peeler, which has a nice big handle and cushioned grip for easy maneuvering.

A serrated peeler isn’t just for winter squash, though — it makes fast work of apples and potatoes, and even cleanly removes the tender skin of ripe tomatoes for puréeing in the summer. Every kitchen should have one.

Make Peeling Easier

Cutting your squash in half with a large knife will make peeling easier, as you can safely grip each half and peel it. But if you run into a very tough-skinned squash, a few minutes in the microwave will soften and loosen the skin and make peeling even easier.